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Randall Kennedy probes the 'variousness' of charged racial issues

HLS News - Sep 12

The interaction of race and legal institutions is Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy's niche; this is how he describes the approach he's used in his classes and five books: "Here's this deep, complex, troubling, anxiety-producing subject. Let's really go at it. Let's not be afraid of it. Let's turn it over and take a look at what your opponents have to say. There were people who believed slavery was a positive good, and that segregation was a positive good. Who were they? Let's really be precise, ...

How it all adds up: Accounting 'boot camp' is added to a growing roster of law and business courses at HLS

HLS News - Sep 5

A new intensive "boot camp" on accounting and finance is just one on Harvard Law School's growing roster of law and business courses, which now includes classes in business strategy, corporate finance and how to lead law firms. These courses ensure that students headed to law firms can speak a "common language" with their clients and understand the business environment in which both operate.

Lisa Rohrer appointed executive director of HLS Executive Education; will also oversee the Case Development Initiative

HLS News - Sep 5

Lisa Rohrer has been appointed as the new executive director of Executive Education and the Case Development Initiative at Harvard Law School.

HLS faculty weigh in on the week's legal news

HLS News - Sep 3

In a week of many developments in the world of law, Harvard Law School faculty were online, in print, and on the air offering analyses and opinions.

Berkman Center’s Zittrain sees lessons in computer assaults on media

HLS News - Aug 30

Computer network hackers calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army earlier this week disrupted The New York Times’ website for nearly a day and electronic publishing on the Twitter social network for several hours. Also targeted were the Huffington Post and other media outlets. To better understand the attacks, Harvard Gazette staff writer Christina Pazzanese asked Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan L. Zittrain to comment by email on what happened and how institutions will have to react in order ...

Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski '91 will teach Fall Semester course at Harvard Law and Business Schools as Klinsky Professor of Practice for Leadership and Progress

HLS News - Aug 29

Julius Genachowski '91, who served as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2009 until May of this year, will teach a course to students from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School in the fall semester. The course, 'Running a Federal Agency: Lessons from Business, Technology and Game Theory,' will be offered jointly by the two schools.

Steven and Maureen Klinsky endow Professorship of Practice for Leadership and Progress at Harvard Law School

HLS News - Aug 29

Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow has announced that Steven Klinsky J.D. '81 M.B.A. '79, and his wife, Maureen Klinsky, have endowed the Steven and Maureen Klinsky Professorship of Practice for Leadership and Progress at HLS. The new chair is the first endowed professorship of practice established at Harvard Law School, and is designed to bring visiting leaders from a wide range of fields beyond law to campus to teach and bring inspiration and broad perspective to the school and, more generally, to ...

Strange new rules of a 'Cool War': Feldman looks at the unprecedented dynamic of cooperation and conflict between the U.S. and China

HLS News - Aug 28

In his new book "Cool War: The Future of Global Competition," Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman turns his focus on the world-changing implications of the conflict between the world's fastest-growing and established dominant powers: China and the United States. 

HLS faculty weigh in on the week's legal news

HLS News - Aug 26

In a week of many developments in the world of law, Harvard Law School faculty were online, in print, and on the air offering analyses and opinions.

Sitkoff contributes to Uniform Powers of Appointment Act

HLS News - Aug 26

In early July, the Uniform Law Commission approved a new act, the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act, at its annual meeting held this year in Boston. Harvard Law School Professor Robert H. Sitkoff, who focuses his research on economic and empirical analysis of the law of trusts and estates, served on the drafting committee for the Act. The Act codifies the law of powers of appointment, a staple of modern estate-planning practice.

Detlev Vagts (1929 – 2013): Scholar of international law and transnational law

HLS News - Aug 21

Detlev Frederick Vagts '51, a renowned scholar of international law at Harvard Law School and one of the world's foremost experts on transnational business problems and the laws affecting international commerce, died Aug. 20. Vagts' career at Harvard Law School spanned more than 50 years.

HLS Library digitizes student notebooks from transitional law school

HLS News - Aug 21

The Harvard Law School Library's historical and special collections recently digitized its collection of 64 bound volumes of notebooks drafted by 17 students of the Litchfield Law School from 1803–1825. Litchfield is generally regarded as the first formal private law school in the United States.

Robert Bell ’69: from Sit-in to Sitting Judge

HLS News - Aug 21

Not many judges have served on every court in their home state. And not many have been on the bench for nearly 40 years. But Harvard Law School alum Robert Bell ’69 has an even more unusual distinction: He serves on a court that at one time ruled against him.

HLS faculty weigh in on the week's legal news

HLS News - Aug 20

In a week of many developments in the world of law, Harvard Law School faculty were online, in print, and on-the-air offering analyses and opinions.

Haben Girma '13: Launching a career at the intersection of law, education and civil rights

HLS News - Aug 14

As a deaf-blind student with very limited sight and hearing, Haben Girma '13 learned that you must be a self-advocate and come up with creative solutions to the problems you face. If that fails, she says, then the law can be a strong ally.

Nanda appointed director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

HLS News - Aug 14

Ashish Nanda, the Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, faculty director of executive education, and research director at the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School, has been appointed director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), in India.

Scott Westfahl ’88 will lead Exec Ed at HLS

HLS News - Aug 14

Dean Martha Minow announced this week that Scott Westfahl ’88 will be the new director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School.

Clinical opportunities and a new class at the intersection of immigration and criminal law

HLS News - Aug 12

Crimmigration—the intersection of criminal law and immigration—is a burgeoning legal area, and one that is of great interest to students, according to Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor Phil Torrey. This fall, Torrey, who supervises the Harvard Immigration Project's Bond Hearing Representation project, will be offering a new clinical course on the topic.

HLS faculty weigh in on the week's legal news

HLS News - Aug 12

In a week of many developments in the world of law, Harvard Law School faculty were online, in print, and on-the-air offering analyses and opinions.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal at HLS: bring more accountability to the FISA Court (video)

HLS News - Aug 9

On Thursday, Aug. 8, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) delivered an address at Harvard Law School on proposed legislation to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, just hours after news outlets reported additional revelations concerning the scope of information gathered by the National Security Agency. 

HLS faculty weigh in on the week's legal news

HLS News - Aug 6

In a week of many developments in the world of law, Harvard Law School faculty were online, in print, and on-the-air offering analyses and opinions.

Samantha Power '99 confirmed as U.N. Ambassador

HLS News - Aug 2

Samantha Power ’99, who has served as an adviser to President Barack Obama ’91 on foreign policy and national security, won confirmation Thursday as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal speaks at Harvard Law School

HLS News - Aug 2

On Thursday, August 8, United States Senator Richard Blumenthal delivered an address at Harvard Law School on proposed legislation to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

HLS Clinic Launches Mattapan Initiative to Avert Foreclosures

HLS News - Jul 30

With a $415,000 grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office—and the help of a groundbreaking new law that offers homeowners strong pre-foreclosure protections—the HLS WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC) has launched a new program to help fight foreclosures in Mattapan, one of Boston’s most challenged neighborhoods.

New EPA administrator speaks at HLS (video)

HLS News - Jul 30

Less than two weeks after being confirmed by the Senate as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy delivered an inaugural address at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, July 30.

A clear and future danger? Blum explores 'Invisible Threats' in national security and law

HLS News - Jul 29

In her essay “Invisible Threats,” Harvard Law Professor Gabriella Blum LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’03 builds on themes from a joint book project with Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution.

Bebchuk, Cohen, and Wang win academic award

HLS News - Jul 25

In an award ceremony held in New York City last month, the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) announced the winners of its the 2013 prize competition. The academic award went to Harvard Law School Professor Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. '80 S.J.D. 84, HLS Senior Fellow and Tel-Aviv University Professor Alma Cohen, and Harvard Business School Professor Charles Wang. The trio received the award for their study, "Learning and the Disappearing Association between Governance and Returns," which ...

Live Webcast: New EPA administrator to speak at HLS

HLS News - Jul 25

Less than two weeks after being confirmed by the Senate as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy will deliver an inaugural address at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, July 30.

Lounging with the Law Review

HLS News - Jul 24

The Harvard Law School Library Blog, “Et Seq.,” frequently publishes historical documents and images from the law school’s archives. For a recent post, they showcased a historical image of the editorial board of Volume 51 of the Harvard Law Review celebrating a successful year outside of Austin Hall.

HLS Faculty assess the week's legal news

HLS News - Jul 23

In a week of many developments in the world of law, Harvard Law School faculty were online, in print, and on-the-air offering analyses and opinions.

HLS Faculty on the week's legal news

HLS News - Jul 23

In a week of many developments in the world of law, Harvard Law School faculty were online, in print, and on-the-air offering analyses and opinions.

Debt Trap: A clinical project helps students preyed on by for-profit schools

HLS News - Jul 22

Many for-profit colleges, which get the overwhelming majority of their revenues from federal financial aid programs, rely on high-pressure tactics and false employment and salary guarantees to lure students into taking out loans. Now, through the efforts of Harvard Law School alum Toby Merrill ’11, some of the victims of these practices can get free legal aid to enforce their rights.

Backing the Future: economist and lawyer Roger Ferguson ’79

HLS News - Jul 16

Daniel Doktori ’13 recently sat down with economist and lawyer Roger Ferguson ’79, CEO of the financial services giant TIAA-CREF and former vice chair of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve, to talk about his dreams—and the reality of helping others realize theirs.

Mark Yohalem ’05: He's got game

HLS News - Jul 16

If you really want to improve your legal writing, says Harvard Law School alum Mark Yohalem '05, try writing a video game. A prosecutor at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles with a Supreme Court clerkship under his belt, Yohalem has written more than 20 short stories and seven computer games in his free time.

HLS faculty assess Zimmerman case, Bulger trial and the week's legal news

HLS News - Jul 15

In a week of many developments in the world of law, Harvard Law School faculty were online, in print, and on-the-air offering analyses and opinions.

Berkman Center, Pew Research Center release findings on teens, social media and privacy

HLS News - Jul 12

According to recent findings from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information.

Clinical Voices: Chas Hamilton '13 on 'two trials and a graduation'

HLS News - Jul 12

During a two-week period that spanned from late May to early June, recent Harvard Law School Graduate Chas Hamilton '13 tried two cases before twelve-member juries in the Boston Housing Court. Here he reflects on the experience.

Harvard's Legal Aid Bureau: Celebrating a century of learning and service

HLS News - Jul 12

In the 100 years since its founding, Harvard's Legal Aid Bureau—the oldest student-run legal services program in the country—has helped thousands of clients. On Nov. 8 to 10, the Bureau will mark its centennial with a gala celebration at the law school which will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions on “Closing the gap: Evolving legal education and improving the clinical experience,” “Serving low-income communities across the three branches of government” and “Access to justice: ...

Four HLS professors 'think big' at annual event (video)

HLS News - Jul 11

“HLS Thinks Big,” an event inspired by the global TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks and modeled after the university's “Harvard Thinks Big” event, was held at Harvard Law School on May 28. Four professors—Daniel Nagin, Glenn Cohen '03, Jeannie Suk '02, and James Greiner—presented on some of their recent work and research.

Mr. Sunstein went to Washington

HLS News - Jul 10

In the fall of 2009, Cass R. Sunstein, now a University Professor at Harvard Law School, left Harvard to serve for three years as the administrator at the helm of OIRA. Appointed by President Barack Obama ’91 and confirmed by the Senate, he joined a humming warren of executive branch experts in trade, health, economics, science and other specialties. Sunstein returned to Harvard in August 2012, eager to bridge the traditional divide between the academy’s world of ideas and the government’s realm of ...

Obamacare’s point guard: A parley with DeParle

HLS News - Jul 10

Nancy-Ann DeParle ’83, whose nearly four years in the Obama White House included serving as deputy chief of staff for policy until this past January, is best known for her role in the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. This spring at Harvard Law School, DeParle co-taught the seminar Selected Problems in Regulatory Policy with Cass Sunstein '78.

Clinical Voices: Jonathan Nomamiukor '13 reflects on his experience

HLS News - Jul 3

Read more about what compelled Jonathan Nomamiukor ’13 to take a break from law school, his work with Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic on the issue of fully autonomous weapons, and the mentorship he received from Clinical Instructor Bonnie Docherty.

Avoiding the digital 'flock': Zuckerman sees need for connectivity in a Web world that courts the narrow (video)

HLS News - Jul 2

I n an age of fast-paced globalization, society does a great job moving people and products across borders, author Ethan Zuckerman said during a June 25 discussion sponsored by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, “but we’re less good at moving bits across borders.”

HLS faculty weigh in on Supreme Court rulings

HLS News - Jun 27

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week on several major cases including United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry in regard to same-sex marriage, Fisher v. University of Texas on Affirmative Action, and Shelby County v. Holder , which concerned the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A number of HLS faculty shared their opinions of the rulings on the radio, television, on the web and in print. 

Whiting to join faculty as a professor of practice

HLS News - Jun 27

Alex Whiting, who currently serves as the prosecution coordinator in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, will rejoin the Harvard Law School faculty this July as a professor of practice. Whiting previously taught at HLS as an assistant clinical professor.

IHRC's Giannini, Farbstein represent families of 2003 Bolivian massacre victims

HLS News - Jun 26

On June 24, 2013, family members of those killed in government-planned massacres in Bolivia in 2003 filed an amended complaint, with extensive new allegations that the defendants, former President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and former Defense Minister Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, had devised a plan to kill thousands of civilians months in advance of the violence. The family members are being represented by a team of lawyers, including Tyler Giannini and Susan Farbstein of Harvard Law School's International ...

Patients without borders: I. Glenn Cohen on the rise of medical tourism

HLS News - Jun 24

Medical tourism—patients traveling from their home countries to another destination for medical care—is completely transforming the health care industry as we know it. Once the province of the uber-wealthy seeking radical cosmetic surgeries or treatments unavailable in the U.S., medical tourism has become an attractive option for many, especially the uninsured, since the cost savings are so dramatic. And with the advent of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, medical tourism will ...

Tribe to receive Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence

HLS News - Jun 24

Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe ’66 will be awarded the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence, which recognizes outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of jurisprudence. Tribe will be honored at the Society’s annual gathering on Nov. 15, in Philadelphia.

Cohen in JAMA: The looming threat of liability for accountable care organizations

HLS News - Jun 21

“The Looming Threat of Liability for Accountable Care Organizations and What to Do About It,” a new article by Harvard Law School Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03 and Dr. H. Benjamin Harvey ’09, was published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Zittrain delivers keynote at Harvard IT Summit

HLS News - Jun 21

Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain '95 delivered the keynote speech at the recent Harvard IT Summit, devoting his lecture to the potential “end of .edu.” Zittrain is also a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as the co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

The 'X' Factor: Charting a new course in online education (video)

HLS News - Jun 18

A new, experimental, Web-based Harvard Law School course is prioritizing the human dimension of online teaching. CopyrightX, the free, online, noncredit course for which students may receive a certificate of completion, is the brainchild of Professor William W. “Terry” Fisher III ’82, an intellectual property law professor and the director of HLS’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who is committed to what he calls the democratization of higher education. It was offered this spring through ...

Harvard Law School media roundup: From the NSA scandal to the regulatory battles of a new taxi cab app

HLS News - Jun 17

Over the past week, a number of HLS faculty members shared their viewpoints on events in the news. Here are some excerpts.

Dukakis helps to teach session of HLS Negotiation Workshop

HLS News - Jun 14

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis ’60, who was the Democratic nominee for president in 1988 and is now a professor of political science at Northeastern University, visited a session of Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Workshop in late April to lead discussion of a case study and answer student questions.

Extra Large Mushroom—with an Ownership Share

HLS News - Jun 14

On May 30th, Shannon Liss-Riordan ’96 opened The Just Crust, a worker-owned pizza restaurant that came as a result of a class-action lawsuit against Boston chain, The Upper Crust Pizzeria. Liss-Riordan is hoping to turn the infamous case accusing the pizza chain of stealing workers’ wages into an example of how giving employees a voice can be both fulfilling and profitable.

Two receive the Gary Bellow Public Service Award

HLS News - Jun 14

In recognition of their commitment to public interest and social justice work, Harvard Law School alums Stephanie Davidson ’13 and Laurel Firestone ’04 were named this year’s recipients of the Gary Bellow Public Service Award.

Harvard Law School confers inaugural Public Service Venture Fund grants

HLS News - Jun 7

Sixteen public service visionaries and social entrepreneurs from Harvard Law School have been selected as the inaugural recipients of grants from the Public Service Venture Fund, a unique program which will award up to $1 million each year to help graduating Harvard Law students and recent graduates obtain their ideal jobs in public service—even if those jobs don’t yet exist. At the same time that it announced the recipients of the new Public Service Venture Fund, the Law School also announced the ...

Harvard Law School confers inaugural Public Service Venture Fund grants

HLS News - Jun 6

Sixteen public service visionaries and social entrepreneurs from Harvard Law School have been selected as the inaugural recipients of grants from the Public Service Venture Fund, a unique program which will award up to $1 million each year to help graduating Harvard Law students and recent graduates obtain their ideal jobs in public service—even if those jobs don’t yet exist. At the same time that it announced the recipients of the new Public Service Venture Fund, the Law School also announced the ...

Harvard Law School celebrates 2013 Commencement

HLS News - May 31

Harvard Law School graduation festivities began on Class Day, Wednesday, May 29, and continued through Commencement Day on Thursday, May 30.

Harvard Law School celebrates 2013 Commencement

HLS News - May 31

Harvard Law School graduation festivities began on Class Day, Wednesday, May 29, and continued through Commencement Day on Thursday, May 30.

Lima receives staff appreciation award

HLS News - May 31

Isabel Lima, office manager at the HLS WilmerHale Legal Services Center in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, received the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award during Class Day exercises on May 29. She was selected by the Class of 2013 for going above and beyond in assisting the many students who pass through the WilmerHale center, helping the organization to run effectively, as well as acting as a liaison to the many Spanish-speaking clients and neighbors in the community.

Students honored at Class Day ceremony

HLS News - May 30

A number of Harvard Law students received special awards during the 2013 Class Day exercises on May 29. The honored students were recognized for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, compassion and dedication to their studies and the profession.

Lena Silver ’13 wins pro bono service award

HLS News - May 29

Lena Silver ’13 is the winner of this year’s Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award, performing the highest number of pro bono service hours in the Class of 2013. During Silver’s time at Harvard Law School, she provided 2,270 hours of free legal services.

Sachs tells Class of 2013: ‘The really interesting stuff is going to begin when the precedent runs out’ (video)

HLS News - May 29

Professor Benjamin I. Sachs is this year’s winner of the prestigious Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence, an honor bestowed each spring by the Harvard Law School graduating class. The award recognizes teaching ability, attentiveness to student concerns and general contributions to student life at the law school.

LIVE WEBCAST: Harvard Law School Commencement Day 2013

HLS News - May 28

Harvard Law School's Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast on the Harvard Law School website beginning at 11:45 a.m. on the day of the ceremonies.

Author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin ’86 named this year’s Class Day speaker

HLS News - May 28

Author, lawyer and Emmy Award-winning legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin ’86 will serve as Class Day speaker on May 29 at Harvard Law School.

Morgan and Helen Chu commit $5 Million to Harvard Law School

HLS News - May 28

Morgan Chu, one of the nation’s preeminent intellectual property lawyers, and his wife, Helen Chu, have given $5 million to Harvard Law School to establish in perpetuity the dean’s chair held by the Dean of the Faculty at Harvard Law School.

Shavell to receive award from American Law and Economics Association

HLS News - May 28

The American Law and Economics Association announced at its annual meeting on May 17 that Professor Steven Shavell will be the 2014 recipient of the Ronald H. Coase Medal. Shavell is the Samuel R. Rosenthal Professor of Law and Economics and director of the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business at Harvard Law School.

Students commissioned as JAG officers aboard USS Constitution

HLS News - May 27

On May 14, several members of the Harvard Law School community came together aboard the U.S.S. Constitution as three Harvard Law School students swore oaths to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States" as part of their commission as officers in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.

Students mediate Harassment Prevention Orders

HLS News - May 24

Graduating HLS students help build a new court mediation program to meet demand for protection from harassment.

William T. Coleman Jr. '43 named 2013 Harvard Medalist

HLS News - May 23

William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. ’43 will receive the 2013 Harvard Medal from the Harvard Alumni Association for his extraordinary service to the University. Coleman, who was recognized along with James V. Baker A.B. ’68, M.B.A. ’71 and Georgene Botyos Herschbach Ph.D. ’69, will receive the award on Commencement Day, May 30.

Fried in The New York Times: Stolen property, not free speech

HLS News - May 22

In the May 21 edition of The New York Times’ ‘Room for Debate,’ Harvard Law School Professor Charles Fried considers the question of whether the Obama administration’s actions against journalists in leak inquiries has protected national security or violated the First Amendment.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin discusses the new Law and History Program of Study at HLS

HLS News - May 17

This semester, Harvard Law School launched the Law and History program of study, which is headed by two faculty leaders: Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin, who is also a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Professor Kenneth Mack. In a Q&A, Brown-Nagin discusses the origins and goals of the new program of study as well as her own scholarship.

Access to Justice: After 'Gideon' (video)

HLS News - May 16

Fifty years after the Supreme Court determined in Gideon v. Wainwright that criminal defendants must be provided with counsel, scholars and practitioners from around the country grappled with continued limits on access to justice during an Harvard Law School conference in April titled “Toward a Civil Gideon: The Future of Legal Services.”

Jackson and Tushnet discuss new book on constitutional law (video)

HLS News - May 16

In April, Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet, a specialist in constitutional law and theory, was interviewed by his colleague and former collaborator Vicki Jackson on the new book “Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law” (Routledge 2012). Tushnet co-edited the book with Thomas Fleiner and Cheryl Sanders.  

From a clinical to a judicial appointment: A Q&A with Gloria Tan

HLS News - May 9

In March, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ’82 nominated Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute clinical instructor Gloria Tan to a seat on the Massachusetts Juvenile Court. Tan came to CJI, which supervises third-year law students representing indigent criminal defendants in local district and juvenile courts, after serving as a public defender for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston. When a spot opened up on CPCS's Youth Advocacy Project, Tan switched to working on juvenile ...

In virtual classroom, law students at Harvard and in China consider the roles of China and the U.S.

HLS News - May 9

It’s Wednesday night in Cambridge and Thursday morning in Beijing, and their seminar rooms are some 6,700 miles apart, but for 30 students from Harvard Law School and the Renmin University of China School of Law, common interests and videoconferencing equipment easily bridge these distances. During this spring semester, students in a reading group taught by HLS Professor William P. Alford and an advanced negotiation skills class taught by Renmin Assistant Professor Alonzo Emery ’10 have come together ...

IP experts and judges convene at HLS to discuss developments in intellectual property laws

HLS News - May 9

The biennial Harvard Law School Conference on Intellectual Property Law attracted scores of IP lawyers, business people, academicians, and judges to the school April 12 to discuss recent developments in IP law.

Suk receives intellectual diversity award

HLS News - May 9

Harvard Law School Professor Jeannie Suk '02 received the Charles Fried Intellectual Diversity Award from the Harvard Federalist Society in April. The award is bestowed upon a faculty member who has furthered the cause of intellectual diversity and free and open debate at Harvard Law School, both inside and outside of the classroom, regardless of that professor's ideological leanings or favored theories of jurisprudence.

Tribe offers predictions on gay marriage rulings

HLS News - May 8

Two cases regarding gay marriage, Hollingsworth v. Perry (challenging California’s Proposition 8) and United States v. Windsor (challenging the Defense of Marriage Act), were argued this term in front of the Supreme Court. The Justices are expected to reach a ruling by July 2013. In light of these arguments, The Harvard Law Bulletin asked Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe '66 to offer some predictions for how the two cases might be decided.

Gasser appointed professor of practice

HLS News - May 6

Harvard Law School has announced the appointment of Urs Gasser LL.M. ’03, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, as a Professor of Practice.

Harvard Law study finds legal fractures in chemical disclosure laws

HLS News - May 3

A registry intended to provide information to the public about the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing is not an acceptable regulatory measure, according to a recently released report by Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Program Policy Initiative.

Richard Lazarus: "Environmental law has fallen 'in arrears'" (video)

HLS News - May 3

Environmental lawlessness was the topic of discussion on April 10, as Richard Lazarus ’79, one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental law, gave a lecture marking his appointment to the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professorship of Law.

Advocating for the rule of law in Belarus

HLS News - May 1

Like others in Harvard Law School’s LL.M. class of 2013, Maryna Kavaleuskaya practiced law abroad before coming to America for additional legal training. And, like many of her 187 classmates—most of them from overseas—she had to overcome obstacles along the way. But unlike most others, Kavaleuskaya will be unable to return to a normal life back home after she receives her Harvard degree.

Clinic students secure asylum for indigenous survivors of persecution in Guatemala

HLS News - May 1

Last month, as an historic trial continued in Guatemala against a former dictator charged with the genocide of indigenous Mayans, Lauren Herman ’13—a student in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) —stood in court in Boston as a judge announced he was granting asylum to her Mayan client, who, with his family, had suffered persecution for decades before he came to the U.S. in 2009.

Manning elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

HLS News - Apr 30

John F. Manning ’85, the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard, and an expert in administrative law, statutory interpretation, separation of powers law and the federal courts, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A fellowship of public interest: Harvard Law Students receive support to work in public service

HLS News - Apr 26

Each year, students at Harvard Law School receive a number of impressive fellowships and scholarships to work in the public sector and on research projects in foreign countries. 

Confronting evil, embracing life

HLS News - Apr 24

The manhunt for a bombing suspect shut down the Boston area on Friday. With Harvard temporarily closed, a pair of two-day scholarly conferences had to be compressed into Saturday alone. But by chance, both provided perspective on the area’s brush with terror.

For second year in a row, Harvard Law School wins regional WTO moot court

HLS News - Apr 24

For the second year in a row, a team of Harvard Law School students won the North American regional moot court competition on WTO law at the ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC²). The second annual competition was held in San Jose, Costa Rica and was organized in cooperation with the Costa Rican Society of International Law.

Associate White House Counsel Kathleen Hartnett '00 reflects on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

HLS News - Apr 23

As the gay rights movement continues to gain momentum, it's easy to forget just how recently the tides of change were moving in the opposite direction, Associate White House Counsel Kathleen Hartnett '00 said at an April 11 talk at Harvard Law School, hosted by the Harvard chapter of the American Constitution Society.

SAFETY ADVISORY UPDATE

HLS News - Apr 19

Because of the public safety emergency in the surrounding communities, Harvard University has announced that all classes and events scheduled at HLS for today have been cancelled, and all administrative offices will be closed. Staff and students who live off-campus are advised not to travel to campus, for safety reasons, until further notice. Everyone is advised to remain indoors and follow all official broadcast public safety advisories.

Advanced Negotiation students advise Major League Baseball executives

HLS News - Apr 18

This year, Clinical Professor Robert Bordone ‘97, director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), developed a capstone consulting project with Major League Baseball (MLB) for his course “Advanced Negotiation: Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making, and Teams,” co-taught with Lecturer on Law Rory Van Loo ’07. MLB tasked the class with providing strategic advice for an upcoming negotiation aimed at the implementation of an international amateur draft. Six teams of ...

Blum, Feldman weigh in on aftermath of Boston Marathon bombings

HLS News - Apr 17

In the wake of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, experts across Harvard University analyzed the puzzle and potential of the attack’s aftermath.

Ken Burns offers preview of 'Central Park Five' at HLS (video)

HLS News - Apr 17

On March 12 at Harvard Law School, award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns joined Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree and two Central Park Five members for a film screening and panel discussion of his new documentary “The Central Park Five,” which tells the story of five Black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The event was co-sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & ...

A question of balance: intellectual diversity in legal education (video)

HLS News - Apr 16

At Harvard Law School on April 5, a panel of four leading legal scholars examined a single question: Is there a lack of intellectual diversity at law schools?

The role of media in the U.S. political system: A Panel at Harvard Law School

HLS News - Apr 16

On April 3, a group of journalists gathered to discuss the changing relationship between political actors and journalists in a changing technological landscape at an event entitled “The Role of Media in the U.S. Political System.” The event was sponsored by the HLS American Constitution Society, and featured CNN’s John King, Melinda Henneberger, political reporter for the Washington Post, and Peter Hamby, national political reporter for CNN.

Tribe to receive honorary degree from Columbia

HLS News - Apr 16

Professor Laurence Tribe ‘66, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor, will be recognized by Columbia University with an honorary Doctor of Letters at the school’s commencement exercises on May 22, 2013.

Harvard Law faculty and alumni among 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

HLS News - Apr 11

Several members of the Harvard Law School faculty and over a dozen alumni were named to The National Law Journal’s list of 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.

Gertner, Kaufman appointed to Advisory panel on Mass. federal court nominations

HLS News - Apr 9

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced the appointment of an Advisory Committee on Massachusetts judicial nominations to solicit, interview, and comment on applications for federal District Court vacancies in Springfield and Boston. The Committee is comprised of distinguished members of the Massachusetts legal community, including Harvard Law School Professor Andrew Kaufman, and will be chaired by former District Court Judge Nancy Gertner, who is now a Professor of Practice at HLS.

The Harvard Immigration Project: Fighting for the rights of immigrant detainees

HLS News - Apr 9

Following its second victory, the Harvard Immigration Project’s (HIP) Bond Hearing Project continues its new campaign to provide free legal representation to detained immigrants seeking release from immigration custody.

From 2013 World Winter Games to Global Development Summit, Alford plays major role in Special Olympics International

HLS News - Apr 8

As an enthusiastic supporter of the Special Olympics who has worked for more than two decades with Special Olympics International, Harvard Law School Professor William P. Alford welcomed the opportunity to help bring about the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in PyeongChang, Korea earlier this year. “One of the major messages of the Special Olympics is that having a disability need not be seen as being as limiting or disqualifying as some people might assume,” says Alford, director of ...

Souter, O’Connor join Civics Education conversation (video)

HLS News - Apr 5

It’s a common refrain that immigrants taking the U.S. citizenship test know more about the workings of the federal government than the average holder of a U.S. birth certificate. A group of experts dedicated to grappling with the themes outlined in the Constitution gathered Monday at Harvard Law School (HLS) to explore that disturbing trend and the importance of civics.

PIFS symposium gathers senior executives, government officials

HLS News - Apr 5

Harvard Law School's Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) hosted its eleventh annual Symposium on Building the Financial System of the Twenty-first Century: An Agenda for Europe and the United States on March 21-23 at the SwissRe Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon Switzerland. Co-hosted by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), the event gathered over a hundred senior executives and government officials from the financial industry, policymaking arenas, law, and academia.

HLS establishes new Veterans Legal Clinic

HLS News - Apr 1

The Board of Veterans’ Appeals denies a soldier’s claim for disability benefits for an injury to his lower extremities. But the decision is handed down while the soldier is serving in Afghanistan, and he doesn’t realize he has the right to appeal until after he returns from his deployment—after the appeal deadline has passed.  For students in Harvard Law School’s new Veterans Legal Clinic, the chance to argue that the appeal deadline should have been tolled and the case allowed to proceed on the ...

HLS’s Child Advocacy Program transcends disciplinary boundaries

HLS News - Apr 1

When Elizabeth Bartholet ‘65 and Jessica Budnitz ‘01founded the Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School over eight years ago, they intended the program to serve as a model for other law schools. They intended the program to educate law students about the importance of working across traditional disciplinary lines. But they did not expect their ideas to transcend those boundaries by inspiring action within another discipline, namely journalism.

Cohen files amicus brief in gene patent case before the Supreme Court

HLS News - Mar 28

Harvard Law School Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03 and Gideon A. Schor ’89 recently filed an amicus brief on behalf of Dr. Eric S. Lander in a pending Supreme Court case that will address whether human genes are patentable.  

Human Rights panel discusses cost of Iraq invasion, 10 years after (video)

HLS News - Mar 28

On March 26, representatives of a number of human rights organizations gathered at Harvard Law School to reflect on the lasting impact of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and to discuss their efforts to hold the U.S. government accountable for problems there during the occupation and ongoing to this day.

Harvard Law School and the road to marriage equality

HLS News - Mar 27

A roundup of some of the Harvard Law School faculty and alumni who have played or are now playing central roles in the gay marriage cases before the Court.

Backlash from Roe v. Wade continues to shape public discourse, says Klarman

HLS News - Mar 25

Forty years after the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade , the backlash it generated continues to shape the public discourse, says Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman, an expert on constitutional law and constitutional history.

Clinic and Human Rights Watch: Obama should urge Jordan to stop sending asylum seekers back to Syria

HLS News - Mar 25

While Jordan has accommodated more than 350,000 refugees since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011, it is routinely and unlawfully rejecting Palestinian refugees, single men, and undocumented people seeking asylum at its border with Syria, according to Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and Human Rights Watch.

How same-sex marriage came to be

HLS News - Mar 22

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a pair of cases involving same-sex marriage. Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman has written a legal history of gay marriage, “From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash and the Struggle for Same Sex Marriage.” In the March-April 2013 issue of Harvard Magazine, Klarman published an article on “How Same-Sex Marriage Came to Be.” His scholarship was also profiled in the Fall 2012 issue of the Harvard Law Bulletin in an article titled “The Courts ...

Library exhibit: HLS and the road to marriage equality

HLS News - Mar 22

The Caspersen Room in the Harvard Law School Library is currently displaying an exhibit documenting the involvement of Harvard Law School students, faculty and alumni in the long road to marriage equality. The exhibit includes a 1983 paper by Evan Wolfson ’83, “Samesex Marriage and Morality: The Human Rights Vision of the Constitution,” along with briefs and other exhibits from HLS Professors Elizabeth Bartholet ‘65, Lawrence Lessig, Frank Michelman ‘60, William Rubenstein ‘86, Carol Steiker ...

At HLS award ceremony, Babbitt challenges ‘haphazard infrastructure decisions’ (video)

HLS News - Mar 19

On March 14, the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Society presented its annual Horizon award to Bruce Babbitt ’65, who previously served as secretary of the interior and governor of Arizona.The award is a means of recognizing great people who have accomplished great things in the field of environment and natural resources law, and to provide a forum in which to discuss those achievements. 

Haben Girma ’13 named a White House Champion of Change (video)

HLS News - Mar 19

Harvard Law School student Haben Girma ’13 was recently named a White House Champion of Change for her advocacy on behalf of deafblind individuals and her efforts in promoting educational excellence for African Americans.

P/Review of Health Law at Petrie-Flom Center (video)

HLS News - Mar 18

The past year was a historic one for health law, with the Supreme Court issuing the final word on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act alongside a host of other critical developments. In February, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, in partnership with the New England Journal of Medicine, held its first annual Health Law Year in P/Review event.

For clinical students interested in food law and policy, a cornucopia of opportunities

HLS News - Mar 15

With national attention focused on the obesity epidemic and the diabetes crisis—along with rapidly growing concerns about social justice and environmental problems related to the current food-production system—there may be no hotter topic in law schools right now than food law and policy. The wildly popular new Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, the first law school clinic of its kind in the world, is right at the center, with students working on a wide range of projects to make healthy ...

Harvard Law students featured in Business Insider

HLS News - Mar 15

Twenty-one students from Harvard Law School were profiled in the March 4 edition of Business Insider in an article that celebrates the extraordinary range of experiences and contributions of Harvard Law School students.

Food for thought: Panel discusses how labeling products could be improved (video)

HLS News - Mar 13

On March 8-9, the Harvard Food Law Society hosted “Forum on Food Labeling: Putting the Label on the Table,” a conference that brought together a host of authorities on food law and policy to explore the legal and policy aspects of food labeling and its effects on consumer knowledge, choice, and behavior. 

Food for thought: Panel discusses how labeling products could be improved (video)

HLS News - Mar 13

On March 8-9, the Harvard Food Law Society hosted “Forum on Food Labeling: Putting the Label on the Table,” a conference that brought together a host of authorities on food law and policy to explore the legal and policy aspects of food labeling and its effects on consumer knowledge, choice, and behavior. 

Women’s Law Association conference focused on increasing women’s political participation (video)

HLS News - Mar 11

During the 2012 election cycle, a record number of women won seats in Congress. Still, women make up just 19 percent of Congress and hold only five governorships. In an effort to build momentum following the 2012 races, the Women’s Law Association hosted its annual conference on February 8, entitled “19%: When Will Women Have the Floor?”

Feldman examines corruption and political legitimacy in China

HLS News - Mar 10

At a Feb. 6 talk sponsored by the Harvard Law and International Development Society, Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law, focused on corruption in China and how it is likely to play out in the country’s political development.

Feldman examines corruption and political legitimacy in China

HLS News - Mar 10

At a Feb. 6 talk sponsored by the Harvard Law and International Development Society, Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law, focused on corruption in China and how it is likely to play out in the country’s political development.

Cohen promoted to professor of law at Harvard

HLS News - Mar 8

Following a vote of the Harvard Law School faculty, I. Glenn Cohen , a leading expert on the intersection of health care, bioethics and the law, will be promoted from assistant professor to tenured professor of law, effective July 1. Cohen has served as an assistant professor since 2008, and as co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics since 2009.

Stein receives Viscardi Award for work on disability rights

HLS News - Mar 6

Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Michael Ashley Stein ’88 was awarded the 2013 Viscardi Award, which honors people living with disabilities for their work and influence in the global disability community.

Bernard and Sherley Koteen: Benefactors of HLS Office of Public Interest Advising

HLS News - Mar 5

Bernard Koteen '40, a telecommunications expert who endowed Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising, died Feb. 22 in Washington D.C., suffering a fatal heart attack just three days after the death of his wife of 70 years, Sherley Koteen.

Cultural exchange: Graduate Program hosts annual international party

HLS News - Mar 5

At the annual international party hosted by the Harvard Law School LL.M class of 2013,  students, faculty, staff and family members filled the Harkness Commons in the Caspersen Student Center for a chance to immerse themselves in the cultures of their graduate student classmates, who hail from more than 70 countries. 

Legal Hackathon

HLS News - Mar 4

During the weekend of Feb. 22, at the first-ever Legal Hackathon, a group of 25 Harvard Law School students worked around the clock to confront the question of content-use policies for HarvardX, and what they may mean for Harvard University and the future of education.

Tan nominated to Massachusetts Juvenile Court

HLS News - Mar 4

Gov. Deval Patrick ’82 has nominated Gloria Tan, a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute, to a seat on the Massachusetts Juvenile Court. Tan is a leading national authority in the field of juvenile justice.

A conference on the dimensions of property law

HLS News - Mar 1

More than 100 legal scholars gathered in Geneva, Switzerland for the Geneva-Harvard-Renmin-Sydney Law Faculty Conference, a three-day event that brought together faculty from Harvard Law School, the University of Geneva, Renmin Law School (China), and Sydney Law School (Australia) to explore property law in its many dimensions.

Harvard experts examine Gun violence and policy, post Newtown (video)

HLS News - Feb 27

On Feb. 15, a panel of legal and public-health scholars, moderated by Dean Martha Minow and including Clinical Professor Ron Sullivan and Alan A. Stone, professor of Law and Psychiatry, gathered at Harvard Law School for a public forum on gun violence, gun policy and the prospects for meaningful reform in a post-Newtown landscape.

Harvard experts examine Gun violence and policy, post Newtown (video)

HLS News - Feb 27

On Feb. 15, a panel of legal and public-health scholars, moderated by Dean Martha Minow and including Clinical Professor Ron Sullivan and Alan A. Stone, professor of Law and Psychiatry, gathered at Harvard Law School for a public forum on gun violence, gun policy and the prospects for meaningful reform in a post-Newtown landscape.

President Of Kosovo Constitutional Court speaks at HLS

HLS News - Feb 27

On Feb. 4, more than 70 Harvard Law School students, faculty, and other members of the Harvard community gathered in Wasserstein Hall to hear Dr. Enver Hasani, president of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, speak on “European Self-Determination and the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo.”

Guinier and Ogletree honored by the Maynard Institute

HLS News - Feb 21

In commemoration of Black History Month, Harvard Law School Professors Lani Guinier and Charles Ogletree ’78 were recognized by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education as two of 28 noteworthy African-Americans who have contributed to the “world of words.”

Remembering Ronald Dworkin LL.B. '57

HLS News - Feb 20

Ronald M. Dworkin LL.B. ’57, renowned legal scholar and philosopher, died on Feb. 13, 2013. In the days since, a number of Harvard Law School professors have written pieces about Dworkin, who was a towering figure in the legal world.

Sunstein appointed as Harvard University Professor

HLS News - Feb 19

Cass Sunstein ’78, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and director of HLS’s new Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, has been named a University Professor, Harvard University President Drew Faust announced today. Harvard’s highest honor for a faculty member, University Professorships were established in 1935 to recognize individuals whose work on the frontiers of knowledge crosses the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.

Experts explore how social networks can influence behavior and decision-making

HLS News - Feb 15

Scholars and social media experts convened at Harvard Law School Feb. 6 to examine the ways in which electronic interactive media can sway human decision-making and behavior. The conference, “Social Media and Behavioral Economics,” was sponsored by Harvard Law School's new Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy and created by the program’s director, Cass Sunstein ’78.

Lessig on 'Aaron's Laws - Law and Justice in a Digital Age' (video)

HLS News - Feb 15

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Lawrence Lessig marked his appointment as Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School with a lecture titled "Aaron's Laws: Law and Justice in a Digital Age." The lecture honored the memory and work of Aaron Swartz, the programmer and activist who took his own life on Jan. 11, 2013 at the age of 26. Swartz spent the last two years fighting federal charges that he violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Panel discussion on "Gun violence after the Newtown tragedy"

HLS News - Feb 14

On Friday Feb. 15, Harvard Law School hosted "Gun violence after the Newtown tragedy: What can legal, public health and other efforts do?" The panel discussion, moderated by HLS Dean Martha Minow, featured David Hemenway, professor of health policy and management and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center; Clinical Professor Ron Sullivan, director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute; and Alan A. Stone, Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law and Psychiatry.

Grossman elected 127th president of the Harvard Law Review

HLS News - Feb 13

The Harvard Law Review has elected Gillian Grossman ’14 as its 127th president. Grossman succeeds Conor Tochilin ’13.

Peter Barton Hutt: Celebrating 20 years at Harvard Law (video)

HLS News - Feb 13

A group of scholars gathered on Jan. 17 at Harvard Law School with Peter Barton Hutt ’59 to discuss and celebrate his career, including “20 years (thus far)” teaching an influential course at Harvard Law on food and drug law. Hutt, who has worked at the Washington, D.C. law firm Covington & Burling for more than five decades, has taught the course at HLS since 1993.

Justice Thomas speaks at Harvard Law (video)

HLS News - Feb 11

Justice Clarence Thomas has become known as a quiet presence on the Supreme Court. But on Jan. 29, members of the Harvard Law School community got to hear him speak—and he did so with great humor and warmth. As part of the Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture Series, Thomas participated in a conversation with HLS Dean Martha Minow, after a day in which he met with faculty and students.

Tribe testifies in Second Amendment Hearing (video)

HLS News - Feb 11

On Feb. 12, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe ’66, a constitutional law scholar, participated in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment.”

Ginsburg holds court at HLS (video)

HLS News - Feb 7

Legal scholar and tireless defender of equal rights Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected on her career during a discussion with Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow on Monday Feb. 4 before a packed room in Wasserstein Hall.

SEVERE WEATHER ADVISORY

HLS News - Feb 7

Current weather forecasts predict substantial snowfall and severe weather conditions in the Boston/Cambridge area beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday. The storm is expected to be particularly forceful during Friday's evening commute. In light of this, the Law School will close at noon on Friday, Feb. 8.

Justice Thomas speaks at Harvard Law

HLS News - Feb 5

`As part of the Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture series at Harvard Law School, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas participated in a conversation with HLS Dean Martha Minow during a visit to the law school on Jan. 29.

HLS debuts first online course

HLS News - Jan 31

Harvard Law School’s first ever online course launched Monday, opening up “Copyright,” a class taught by Law School professor William W. Fisher, III, to hundreds of people worldwide. HLS1x: “Copyright,” which is offered through the Harvard branch of the online learning platform edX, is closely modeled after the Law School course taught by Fisher since 1994.

Lawyers as Advisers: Joint degree program seminar bridges law and public policy

HLS News - Jan 30

Since the first meeting of the seminar taught by David Barron ’94 of Harvard Law School and Archon Fung of Harvard Kennedy School, students had been using case studies co-authored by the two professors that put them in the situation room with advisers on real-world problems at the intersection of law and policy. But during a session of Public Problems Advice, Strategy and Analysis in November a player in the case they were discussing sat at the table with them: Josh Stein. J.D. /M.P.P. ’95, North ...

NFL Players Association partners with HMS; Petrie-Flom Center will be involved

HLS News - Jan 29

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has granted Harvard Medical School a $100 million grant to create a transformative 10-year initiative⎯the Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFLPA Members. The program will marshal the intellectual, scientific, and medical expertise throughout Harvard University to discover new approaches to diagnosing, treating, and preventing injuries and illnesses in both active and retired players. Members of the Petrie-Flom Center ...

The Long View: Looking Back to Move Forward

HLS News - Jan 29

A distinguished historian at Yale—whose father had been an equally distinguished law professor at Harvard—once remarked that before the American Revolution, the leading public figures in America were ministers who thought about theology, while after the Revolution, they were statesmen who thought about politics. Most of them were lawyers.

The Long View: Leading by Design

HLS News - Jan 25

History is bursting with examples of design leadership—from 12th-century treatise writers to the framers of the Constitution. Institutional design, legal architecture, the procedures and processes of social justice—all are structures that matter enormously.

HLS students help student startups, at Harvard and MIT

HLS News - Jan 23

The Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project is the newest of 11 Student Practice Organizations at Harvard Law School and is providing free legal research and analysis for student-founded startups at Harvard and MIT.

HLS Library tells 'A Tale of True Crime'

HLS News - Jan 23

On Jan. 11, the Harvard Law School Library announced the opening of a new exhibit titled “Extra! Extra! Read All About It: A Tale of True Crime.” Featuring materials from the library’s Historical & Special Collections, the exhibit examines a short chapter in the United States’ history of true crime narratives, covering topics such as serialized true crime literature, crime photography in newspapers, and new angles on the media coverage of the Sacco and Vanzetti case.

The Long View: Law School and the Chief Executive

HLS News - Jan 22

Does legal training prepare one for the presidency? The question is quite difficult to answer, given the very different training most lawyers received in the 19th century. The vast majority of 19th-century lawyers studied for admission to the bar on their own, or under the guidance of a mentor, or as an apprentice to a practicing lawyer. 

Meltzer appointed next director of the American Law Institute

HLS News - Jan 18

Daniel J. Meltzer ’75, the Story professor of law at Harvard Law School, has been appointed as the next Director of the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI announced the appointment on January 18, 2013.

50 Years Ago at the HLS Forum, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

HLS News - Jan 17

In October 1962, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Harvard Law School on “The Future of Integration.” It was six months before he would be imprisoned in a Birmingham jail, 10 months before the March on Washington, almost two years before the signing of the Civil Rights Act and almost six years before his assassination.

‘Courage to Dissent’ wins numerous awards

HLS News - Jan 17

“Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement” (Oxford University Press, 2011) by Harvard Law Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin has received numerous awards and has been cited for offering an important new perspective on the civil rights movement. The book was released in paperback this past September by Oxford.

SEC proposes corporate political spending rules urged by Bebchuk, committee

HLS News - Jan 15

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently indicated in an entry in the Office of Management and Budget’s Unified Agenda that it plans to issue by April 2013 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on requiring public companies to disclose their spending on politics. The adoption of such a rule was urged in a rulemaking petition submitted by a committee of ten law professors co-chaired by Harvard Law School Professor Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. ’80 S.J.D. ’84 and by a record number of supporting comments ...

Symposium at HLS marks launch of global network of interdisciplinary centers focused on the Internet and society

HLS News - Jan 14

On Dec. 6-8, 2012, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, together with seven international co-organizers, hosted a symposium  at Harvard Law School titled Internet-Driven Developments: Structural Changes and Tipping Points, convening representatives from Internet and society research centers spanning 5 continents and 22 countries.

Tribe, panel urge culture change to target gun violence (video)

HLS News - Jan 10

At a Jan. 8 event, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe participated in a panel discussion titled “Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis.” The event, which was co-sponsored by the Reuters news agency and the Harvard School of Public Health, was part of The Forum at HSPH, a discussion series that aims to provide decision-makers with a global platform to address policy choices and scientific controversies.

Six from Harvard Law School awarded Skadden Fellowships

HLS News - Jan 9

Six from Harvard Law School recently were chosen by the Skadden Foundation to receive two-year fellowships to support their work in public service. This year’s recipients include current students Haben Girma ’13, Hunter Landerholm ’13, Adam Meyers ’13 and Mara Sacks ’13, and recent graduates Robert Hodgson ’12 and Daniel Saver ’12.

HLS program gathers leaders in Rio de Janeiro to explore financial issues affecting Brazil and the U.S.

HLS News - Jan 8

Professor Hal Scott, director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems, recently gathered public and private sector financial leaders from Brazil and the U.S. to examine issues affecting the financial relationship between the two countries.

In the news: HLS faculty weigh in on the ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations

HLS News - Jan 7

In recent weeks, a number of HLS faculty have weighed in on issues surrounding the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Petrie-Flom Center will participate with HMS and University partners in 10-year project with NFL Players Association

HLS News - Jan 1

Members of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School will be key co-investigators with colleagues at Harvard Medical School and other parts of the University to help usher the National Football League (NFL) into a safer and more responsible future, said HLS Assistant Professor of Law I. Glenn Cohen, faculty co-director of the Center.

Social Media and Behavioral Economics Conference

HLS News - Jan 1

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, scholars from across Harvard University joined social media experts from Facebook, Twitter, Socialflow and Microsoft Research for a conference on social media, theory and practice, and their potential effects on voting behavior, electricity consumption, pro-social behavior and privacy. The event, “Social Media and Behavioral Economics Conference,” sponsored by Harvard Law School’s new Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, was held at Harvard Law School.

Fried and HLS alumni win legal writing award

HLS News - Dec 20

An article written by Harvard Law School Professor Charles Fried was named an exemplar of good legal writing by The Green Bag, a quarterly journal devoted to readable, concise, and entertaining legal scholarship. A number of Harvard Law School alumni were also included on Green Bag’s 2012 list of “Exemplary Legal Writing.” Their work will appear in the “2013 Almanac & Reader.”

Three from HLS on Forbes '30 Under 30' list

HLS News - Dec 19

Harvard Law School's Joel Alicea ’13, Jake Levine '13, and J.B. Tarter ’09 were recently named to Forbes 2012 “30 Under 30” list. The list acknowledges the high achievement of 30 individuals under age 30 in 15 categories. Both Alicea and Tarter, along with Dan Shoag, assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, were featured in the Law and Policy category; Levine was featured in the Media category.

Two from HLS on Forbes '30 Under 30' list

HLS News - Dec 19

Harvard Law School's Joel Alicea ’13 and J.B. Tarter ’09 were recently named to Forbes 2012 “30 Under 30” list. The list acknowledges the high achievement of 30 individuals under age 30 in 15 categories. Both Alicea and Tarter, along with Dan Shoag, assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, were featured in the Law and Policy category.

Two from HLS on Forbes '30 Under 30' list

HLS News - Dec 19

Harvard Law School's Joel Alicea ’13 and J.B. Tarter ’09 were recently named to Forbes 2012 “30 Under 30” list. The list acknowledges the high achievement of 30 individuals under age 30 in 15 categories. Both Alicea and Tarter, along with Dan Shoag, assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, were featured in the Law and Policy category.

Conference explores the future of corporate business in India

HLS News - Dec 18

On Dec. 11, Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession (PLP) and the Indian School of Business (ISB) co-hosted a major international conference on the future of corporate business in India and the role of the legal profession. The event was held at the ISB campus in Hyderabad, India.

Exit Interview with Barney Frank

HLS News - Dec 17

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank ’77 (D-Mass.) will retire from the U.S. Congress in December after 32 years in Washington, where he earned a reputation as one of Congress’s most progressive members on civil rights, military spending and financial regulation. The Harvard Law Bulletin caught up with Frank in mid-July—not long after his marriage to Jim Ready—as he fought to cut military spending by $1.1 billion in a budget amendment he’d co-sponsored.

Holmes’ suite home: Law library launches massive database on famed American jurist

HLS News - Dec 14

In a first for the Harvard Law School Library, the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Digital Suite, which went live on the web Dec. 11, aggregates multiple archival holdings into a single, hyperaccessible digital suite that anyone with a computer can search, browse, and tag.

Alford on Legal Reform and the Future of China (video)

HLS News - Dec 13

Harvard Law School Professor William Alford ’77 was a participant and panelist at major events on the political and legal future of China, held recently at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Fairbank Center at Harvard.

Study shows some improvement in U.S. capital market competitiveness

HLS News - Dec 13

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation (CCMR), an independent and nonpartisan research organization directed by Harvard Law School Professor Hal S. Scott, released data indicating that U.S. capital markets showed slightly improved competitiveness this past quarter, though most measures of competitiveness still fall short of historical averages.

Daniel Shapiro: Negotiating the Fiscal Crisis

HLS News - Dec 12

Daniel Shapiro, an affiliated faculty member with the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, recently wrote an opinion piece on "Negotiating the Fiscal Crisis." Shapiro is an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, and co-author of "Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate."

A Theory of Connectivity: Gasser and Palfrey on the opportunities and pitfalls of our increasingly interconnected world

HLS News - Dec 11

The highly connected nature of today’s world has all sorts of benefits—but all sorts of potential costs as well, from loss of control of private data to a world financial system so intertwined that when one part of it falls, it’s hard to keep other parts from toppling along with it. In “Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems,” John Palfrey ’01 and Urs Gasser LL.M. ’03 draw on their work at the HLS Berkman Center for Internet & Society to start developing a ...

NAPABA names Suk among 'Best Lawyers Under 40'

HLS News - Dec 11

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has named Professor Jeannie Suk ’02 among the 2012 recipients of the association’s “Best Lawyers Under 40” awards.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate joins IGLP Honorary Council at HLS

HLS News - Dec 6

The Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School recently welcomed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste José Manuel Ramos-Horta to the IGLP Honorary Council.

Vermeule in Jotwell: Bureaucratic Nirvana

HLS News - Dec 6

In a recent review essay for the online journal Jotwell, Harvard Law School Professor Adrian Vermeule ’93 takes a look at Norton E. Long’s article “Bureaucracy and Constitutionalism,” published in 1952 in the American Political Science Review.

Zittrain named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers

HLS News - Dec 6

Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain has been named among the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers for 2012.

In a hands-on workshop, students use case studies to explore information law and policy

HLS News - Dec 5

Based on a workshop taught at Harvard Law School for the first time last spring by Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95 and John Palfrey ’01, Information Law and Policy: Advanced Problem Solving Workshop (taught this fall by Visiting Professor Susan Crawford) presents students with several case studies and asks them to complete team exercises, which include conducting negotiations, writing legal briefs, and drafting policies and legislation.

At Harvard Law, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels promotes a model for secondary education reform (video)

HLS News - Dec 4

At a Nov. 29 talk co-sponsored by the Harvard Federalist Society, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels shared his experience in leading the charge for a new law that enacted a series of secondary education reforms in Indiana last year—reforms which many observers have called the most far-reaching changes yet adopted by any state.

In Sandy’s aftermath, Barron urges urban planning at a national level

HLS News - Dec 4

At a Dec. 3 talk sponsored by the HLS Environmental Law Society, Harvard Law School’s David Barron ’94, the Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public Law, addressed questions raised in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Mnookin honored by International Academy of Mediators with Lifetime Achievement Award

HLS News - Dec 4

Professor Robert Mnookin ’68, chairman of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, was honored by the International Academy of Mediators with a lifetime achievement award. The IAM Award is presented to a person who has made exceptional contributions throughout his or her career by personally advancing alternative dispute resolution and inspiring others to do so.

Berkman Center releases report on teens, parents and online privacy

HLS News - Nov 30

A new report produced by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and its Youth and Media Project in conjunction with Pew Research Center’s Internet and America Life Project explores issues surrounding parents, teens, and online privacy in an increasingly digital world.

Conference spotlights challenges at intersection of federal and tribal systems

HLS News - Nov 30

“Tribal Courts and the Federal System,” a two-day conference held Nov. 8 at Harvard Law School, was the first of its kind, bringing together tribal judges and attorneys, tribal, state, and federal government policymakers, and scholars to explore issues Indian tribal courts currently face in criminal and civil enforcement, jurisdiction, and lawmaking. The conference was sponsored by the HLS Native American Law Students Association.

Student conference focuses on strategies for tackling corruption

HLS News - Nov 30

On Nov. 9 the Harvard Law & International Development Society, an HLS student group, held its annual symposium, this year highlighting the increasingly global nature of anti-corruption efforts. The day-long event, “Development amidst Corruption | Developments against Corruption,” began with vivid personal narratives from the trenches: speakers included undercover agent Robert Mazur, Ombudsman of the Philippines Conchita Carpio-Morales, and El Cid Butyayan, senior litigator for the World Bank.

A Question of Accountability

HLS News - Nov 29

On the morning of Feb. 28, 2012, a team from Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic took their seats in the U.S. Supreme Court. Clinical Professor Tyler Giannini and Assistant Clinical Professor Susan Farbstein ’04, co-directors of the clinic and nationally recognized leaders in Alien Tort Statute litigation, had waited months to hear oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co ., a case that would test the limits of the centuries-old ATS. It was the highest-profile human ...

HLS co-hosts conference on the Arab uprising

HLS News - Nov 28

Over the course of four days between Nov. 8 and 11, at the sixth annual Harvard Arab Weekend, Arab leaders from government, business, academia, and the professions gathered at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School to assess the impact of these changes and what may lay ahead. The event, “The Arab Up-rising: Sustaining the Spring—Avoiding the Fall,” was sponsored by the Harvard Arab Alumni Association and various Arab student organizations on campus.

A conversation on the legal legacy of Judge Henry Friendly (video)

HLS News - Nov 26

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, a panel of distinguished judges and professors gathered with author David Dorsen '59 to discuss and celebrate his recent biography, entitled “Henry Friendly: Greatest Judge of His Era.”

Minow recognized for outstanding contribution to public discourse

HLS News - Nov 26

HLS Dean Martha Minow received the Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse from the College Historical Society of Trinity College, Dublin at a ceremony on Nov. 13, 2012. The College Historical Society, popularly referred to as “The Hist,” is one of the world’s oldest undergraduate debating societies, established in 1770.

IHRC report outlines concerns about ‘killer robots’

HLS News - Nov 21

Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and the independent human rights organization Human Rights Watch have authored a report titled “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots.” The report, released Nov. 19, argues that governments should pre-emptively ban fully autonomous weapons because of the danger they pose to civilians in armed conflict. 

Ames Moot Court Competition 1959: Remembering a signature accomplishment

HLS News - Nov 19

On a sunny day in June, seven members of the Sacks club, the team that won the Ames moot court competition in 1959, met on the steps of Langdell library to reminisce over what they called their “unlikely” victory, and to talk about where their lives had taken them in the fifty years since.

Evidence of Greatness: HLS showcases life and work of Joseph Story

HLS News - Nov 19

This fall, visitors to Langdell Hall have an opportunity to take a deeper look at the professor who saved a School. “A Storied Legacy: Correspondence and Early Writings of Joseph Story” is an exhibit of letters and manuscripts on display through Dec. 7 in the Harvard Law School Library’s Caspersen Room.

Souter, back on the bench: Retired justice presides over Ames competition at HLS (video)

HLS News - Nov 19

David Souter hung up his judge’s robes more than three years ago, after nearly two decades on the nation’s highest court. But on Thursday night, the retired Supreme Court justice seemed as sharp as ever as he directed his easygoing, often droll, always astute wit at the Harvard Law School students arguing before his bench during the final round of the 102nd Ames Moot Court Competition.

The Chayes International Public Service Fellowship: snapshots from this summer

HLS News - Nov 19

During the summer of 2012, hundreds of Harvard Law School J.D. and graduate students benefitted from the largest pool of guaranteed funding offered by a law school for the broadest range of public interest summer work. A select group of 26 students worked in 19 countries under the aegis of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowships, dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years.

Building the financial system of the 21st Century: A Q&A with Professor Hal Scott

HLS News - Nov 15

The Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems fosters the exchange of ideas on capital markets, financial regulation, and international financial systems through its portfolio of Symposia on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century. The symposia, started in 1998, bring together senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the U.S. and their counterparts from China, Europe, Japan, and Brazil each year for intensive dialogue on ...

Disability rights victories in European Court of Human Rights won by HLS advocate

HLS News - Nov 15

In October, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg issued two rulings bolstering the rights of persons with psycho-social disabilities. Both cases were brought by Hungarian-Slovakian disability rights activist János Fiala-Butora LL.M. ’10, an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School and an associate of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, known as HPOD.

The courts and public opinion: Klarman examines the legal fight for same-sex marriage

HLS News - Nov 14

Michael Klarman’s scholarship has focused on the effect that court rulings have on social reform movements. He argues that when courts get ahead of public opinion, political backlash often follows. That’s what he found in an earlier book he wrote on race and the U.S. Supreme Court, and it is a phenomenon he has also observed in cases involving the death penalty and abortion. In his new book, “From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage,” the HLS professor ...

At Harvard Law, Rep. John Sarbanes '88 makes the case against big money in politics

HLS News - Nov 13

At a Nov. 8 talk at Harvard Law School, Representative John Sarbanes ’88 (D-MD) advocated for “grassroots democracy” funded by the people rather than by Political Action Committees and other large donors. Sarbanes is a co-sponsor of the Grassroots Democracy Act, intended to empower small donors and to free lawmakers from their dependency on big money. The event was sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

From 'Hurt Locker' to 'Paper Chase': A look at the newest military service members at HLS

HLS News - Nov 8

This year’s 1L class at Harvard Law School includes 16 military veterans. There are also nine 2Ls, six 3Ls, and three LL.Ms at HLS with records of military service. Thirteen are attending through the Yellow Ribbon program, through which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs matches what a law school offers to pay for a veteran’s tuition and expenses. HLS is one of very few schools making the maximum commitment—50 percent—which means, with the V.A.’s match, these veterans attend for free. Others ...

From 'Hurt Locker' to 'Paper Chase': A look at the newest military service members at HLS

HLS News - Nov 8

This year’s 1L class at Harvard Law School incudes 16 military veterans. There are also nine 2Ls, six 3Ls, and three LL.Ms at HLS who either have served or are active members of the U.S. military. Thirteen are attending through the Yellow Ribbon program, through which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs matches what a law school offers to pay for a veteran’s tuition and expenses. HLS is one of very few schools making the maximum commitment—50 percent—which means, with the V.A.’s match, these ...

Alumni fare well in elections

HLS News - Nov 7

Harvard Law School graduates across the country won political victories in the 2012 elections. In addition to a victory by President Barack Obama '91in a close race with Republican candidate Mitt Romney J.D./M.B.A ‘75.  A Harvard Law School Professor and two HLS alumni won seats in the Senate, and 15 alumni are going to the House.

Warrior Scholar Project

HLS News - Nov 7

Jesse Reising ’15 was eager to start his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps upon his graduation from Yale—until his dream was derailed when he made a tackle during the 2010 Harvard-Yale football game, resulting in partial paralysis of his right arm. Medically disqualified from the Marines (he’d attended Officer Candidates School during college), Reising decided to serve those who serve in the military. Last summer, at Yale, he and two friends launched Operation Opportunity, with an ...

Massachusetts sends Warren to U.S. Senate

HLS News - Nov 6

Harvard Law School Professor and Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren—bankruptcy expert, Wall Street reformer and consumer watch dog—has won a hard-fought race for the U.S. Senate against her Republican opponent, incumbent Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

At HLS, Solicitor General Verrilli describes 'the greatest legal job one could ever have' (video)

HLS News - Nov 6

According to U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., the defining feature of his job—the most challenging, rewarding aspect—is grappling with what the position of the United States should be on an issue. At a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Harvard Law School, Verrilli explained that this task is harder than it might seem, involving a balancing of interests and making considered decisions on whether the U.S. should modify a previously held position.

Barack Obama '91 wins second term as President of the United States

HLS News - Nov 6

Barack Obama ’91 has won election to the presidency of the United States for a second term. 

From 'Hurt Locker' to 'Paper Chase': A look at the newest military service members at HLS

HLS News - Nov 6

This year’s 1L class at Harvard Law School includes 16 military veterans. There are also nine 2Ls, six 3Ls, and three LL.Ms at HLS with records of military service. Thirteen are attending through the Yellow Ribbon program, through which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs matches what a law school offers to pay for a veteran’s tuition and expenses. HLS is one of very few schools making the maximum commitment—50 percent—which means, with the V.A.’s match, these veterans attend for free. Others ...

Looking back at Little Rock: At HLS, Justice Breyer and nine appellate justices revisit Cooper v. Aaron (video)

HLS News - Nov 1

In October, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice sponsored a two-day conference looking back at Cooper v. Aaron and the impact it’s had on law and education over the course of 55 years. The event brought together legal scholars, students, and civil-rights lawyers and featured a moot-court proceeding involving U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and nine appellate judges, to revisit the legal questions raised by Cooper.

Gergen speaks at HLS on the 2012 presidential race (video)

HLS News - Oct 31

Rarely has a presidential race been so hard to call, said David Gergen ’67, during a talk on Oct. 26 at Harvard Law School Fall Reunions. A former adviser to four presidents, a regular contributor to CNN and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Gergen put the race between fellow HLS graduates Mitt Romney ’75 and President Barack Obama ’91 in historical perspective, analyzed its development, talked about its import—and made some predictions.

Expert Warns of the Growing Trade in Software Security Exploits

HLS News - Oct 30

The growing trade in exploits of software security has become a “market in digital weapons,” leaving people in the U.S. and abroad vulnerable to cyberattack, said Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist and Senior Policy Analyst at the ACLU, in an October 24th talk at Harvard Law School. “The entire industry, while it’s been in existence hasn’t received much sunlight,” said Soghoian, arguing that many regulators and policymakers do not even understand that the market exists. (Soghoian said ...

Guinier and Brown-Nagin in the Harvard Gazette: An issue that’s bigger in Texas

HLS News - Oct 30

The controversial question of what role race should play in college admissions, if any, stands again before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, teamed up with Tomiko Brown-Nagin, a professor of law at HLS and a professor of history at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), to explore the legal background and possible outcomes of the Fisher case, which was argued recently.

At Harvard Law School, UN investigator announces probe of drone attacks by U.S. (video)

HLS News - Oct 26

At a packed Harvard Law School event co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Harvard National Security and Law Association, Ben Emmerson, United Nations Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, announced plans to launch an investigation into the use of drone attacks which have caused civilian deaths—including those carried out by the U.S.

Pro Bono Task Force report: ‘If we don’t do it, who will?’

HLS News - Oct 26

Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and John Levi ’72, LL.M. ‘73, the chairman of the Legal Services Corporation, presented the report of the Corporation’s Pro Bono Task Force in in HLS’s Wasserstein Hall on Oct. 3, at an event hosted by HLS Professor David Wilkins ‘80, director of the Law School’s Program on Legal Education. Established in 1974 by President Nixon, the LSC, a private, nonprofit corporation, is the nation’s largest funder of legal aid providers for low-income Americans.

HLS Symposium Celebrates the Writing and Teaching of Sally Falk Moore (video)

HLS News - Oct 25

Sally Falk Moore, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, has had a distinguished and multi-faceted career: as a staff attorney at the Nuremberg Trials; as the author of important studies of property and power among the Incas, and of land law and economic and political change in Tanzania; as a professor of anthropology at UCLA and Harvard; and as Dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. On September 21, more than 80 lawyers, anthropologists, students and friends gathered ...

Electing to serve - Most likely to succeed?

HLS News - Oct 24

This November, for the first time in the history of U.S. presidential elections, both candidates of the major parties are graduates of Harvard Law School. Despite sharp differences in their politics, President Barack Obama ’91 and his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney J.D./M.B.A. ’75, share the HLS experience, though their times at Harvard were separated by nearly 20 years. Many of the words used by their Harvard classmates to describe Obama and Romney are the same. But in other ways, the two are ...

HLS scholars in the Harvard Gazette: America at a crossroads

HLS News - Oct 24

At stake in the next election is nothing less than a redefinition of America’s priorities, according to Harvard scholars taking part in a panel discussion at Harvard's Barker Center. The panel which explored law, history, and the 2012 election, included moderator Jill Lepore and panelists Alex Keyssar, Elizabeth Hinton, and HLS Professors Annette Gordon-Reed, Kenneth Mack, and Jed Shugerman

Wilkins honored by the University of Stockholm

HLS News - Oct 23

Stockholm University conferred an honorary doctoral degree on Harvard Law School Professor David B. Wilkins ’80 , director of the Program on the Legal Profession and vice dean for global initiatives on the legal profession.

A roundtable at HLS on corporate time horizons

HLS News - Oct 22

A group of senior corporate managers, finance practitioners, and academics from Europe and the U.S. gathered at HLS on Sept. 14-15 for a conference on the role of corporate governance in encouraging long-term value in public corporations.

Greiner: "Is the exit poll intellectually dead?"

HLS News - Oct 19

“Is the exit poll intellectually dead?” That is the question that Professor D. James Greiner of Harvard Law School and Professor Kevin M. Quinn of UC Berkeley School of Law explore in their recently released paper, “Long Live the Exit Poll,” which appears in the Fall 2012 edition of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

The Federal Trade Commission: 'Fighting for truth and justice' (video)

HLS News - Oct 19

The Federal Trade Commission is not just an agency, said its Chairman Jon Leibowitz at a talk on Thursday, Oct.11 at Harvard Law School, but it is an agency of superheroes, working to protect American consumers. “Like Superman, we fight for truth and justice and the American way—but of course we don’t wear capes,” Leibowitz said.

Cohen in the Harvard Gazette: The rise of medical tourism (audio)

HLS News - Oct 18

The intersection of medical tourism and ethical and legal questions are at the heart of I. Glenn Cohen's new book, “Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics,” the focus of his year as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

A No Vote on ID Laws

HLS News - Oct 16

Harvard Law School Professor D. James Greiner is co-author of a recent study on the experience of Boston voters in the election of 2008. As another election approaches, we ask Greiner a few questions about his study and the current efforts to pass tougher voter ID laws.

Brooks, Feldman probe “The Morality of the Free Market” (video)

HLS News - Oct 16

The Morality of the Free Market was the topic of a Sept. 27 address at Harvard Law School by Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative research organization in Washington, D.C. The event was sponsored by the Harvard Law Federalist Society.

Former U.S. trade representative shares tools for successful multi-party negotiations

HLS News - Oct 16

On Oct. 3, former United States Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky came to Harvard Law School to share her experiences with students in the Advanced Negotiation Workshop taught by Clinical Professor Robert Bordone ’97 and Lecturer Rory Van Loo ’07.

Whiting offers views on the International Criminal Court’s impact

HLS News - Oct 15

Is the International Criminal Court succeeding? According to Assistant Clinical Professor Alex Whiting, the answer is a tentative yes. Nevertheless, Whiting—who serves as the prosecution coordinator in the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC—provided a candid portrait of the court’s strengths and weaknesses at a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 10, sponsored by the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program.

ELECTION 2012

HLS News - Oct 12

Harvard Law School graduates across the country won political victories in the 2012 elections. In addition to a victory by President Barack Obama '91 in a close race with Republican candidate Mitt Romney J.D./M.B.A ‘75, a Harvard Law School Professor and two HLS alumni won seats in the Senate, and 15 alumni are going to the House.

Harvard Law School announces expansion of J.D. admissions interview process

HLS News - Oct 10

Harvard Law School announced today that it will move to videoconferencing technology to conduct interviews of candidates for admission to its J.D. program.

A diverged family converges at Harvard Law

HLS News - Oct 10

At a Harvard Law School Graduate Program reception in August, students Erum Khalid Sattar and Rebecca Zaman shook hands and said hello. “If we hadn’t been wearing nametags, what happened next might never have happened,” said Zaman.

Guinier participates in discussion on race and college admissions (video)

HLS News - Oct 10

On Oct. 4, Harvard Law School Professor Lani Guinier participated in a panel discussion on race and college admissions. The discussion, broadcast on C-SPAN, was hosted by The Century Foundation, a nonprofit, non-partisan research foundation that focuses on issues of equity and opportunity in the United States.

Mario Baeza ’74: ‘An American success story’ (video)

HLS News - Oct 10

One of the highlights of the Second Celebration of Latino Alumni, held Sept. 27 to 30 at Harvard Law School, was a gala dinner Saturday night that featured a presentation of the Harvard Law School Medal of Freedom to Joaquin Avila ’73, a nationally recognized expert on Latino voting rights, and a keynote address by Mario L. Baeza ’74.

Voting Rights Activist Joaquin Avila ’73 Receives HLSA Award

HLS News - Oct 10

Joaquin G. Avila ’73 was honored with the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) Award at a ceremony during the Harvard Law School Celebration of Latino Alumni on Sept. 29. A nationally recognized expert on Latino voting rights, Avila is the distinguished practitioner in residence and director of the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative at Seattle University School of Law.

Voting Rights Activist Joaquin Avila ’73 Receives HLSA Award

HLS News - Oct 10

Joaquin G. Avila ’73 was honored with the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) Award at a ceremony during the Harvard Law School Celebration of Latino Alumni on Sept. 29. A nationally recognized expert on Latino voting rights, Avila is the distinguished practitioner in residence and director of the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative at Seattle University School of Law.

Celebration of Latino Alumni Latino leadership: Our time is now (video)

HLS News - Oct 9

The second Celebration of Latino Alumni, held at Harvard Law School from Sept. 27 to 30, drew about 200 alumni and guests to the school to share their experiences and reflect on the path of social change.

Sitkoff appointed to two new ULC committees

HLS News - Oct 4

Robert H. Sitkoff, the John L. Gray Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has been appointed to two new Uniform Law Commission committees—the study committee on trust protectors, and the drafting committee on Series of Unincorporated Business Entities.

Annual PIFS symposium convenes senior financial and government leaders

HLS News - Oct 4

Harvard Law School's Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) hosted its 9th annual China-U.S. symposium in Beijing the weekend of Sept. 14-16. Co-organized by PIFS and the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF), this annual gathering convenes senior financial and government leaders from the United States and China to address key issues relating to capital markets, financial regulation and the China-U.S. economic and financial relationship.

‘The Paper Chase’ at 40 (video)

HLS News - Oct 3

Many readers and viewers wonder if John Osborn Jr. had someone special in mind when he created the imperious professor in his 1971 hit novel “The Paper Chase,” based on his Harvard Law School years. With a careful reply, the author told HLS Dean Martha Minow and a crowd gathered at Austin Hall Thursday for a discussion about his book that the character was actually a composite of several people. But, he added, “It wasn’t like it was hard to find role models.”

HLS launches Public Service Venture Fund; grants will be awarded in May ’13

HLS News - Oct 2

Officially launched on Sept. 25, the Harvard Law School Public Service Venture Fund will award $1 million in grants each year to Harvard Law graduates pursuing careers in public service. The Fund supports two kinds of post-graduate fellowships: “seed grants” for startup public interest ventures, and, through “existing organization-based fellowships,” salary support to graduating HLS students to work at nonprofits or government agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

Klarman seeks to debunk myths on the Constitution’s founding (video)

HLS News - Sep 27

At a Sept. 19 event commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman, an expert on constitutional law and constitutional history, gave a lecture entitled "Why the Tea Party Has It Wrong: The Story of a Multifaceted Founding."

HLS competing in 2012 election races

HLS News - Sep 27

As two Harvard Law School grads compete for the U.S. presidency, the list of HLS affiliates running in congressional races across the country includes 19 alumni and one HLS faculty member. In the U.S. House of Representatives, nine are incumbents and eight are challengers running for the first time.

Kagan offers a view of a Justice's working life (video)

HLS News - Sep 26

On Sept. 5, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan ’86 joined Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow for a conversation on life as a Supreme Court Justice. The former and current deans spoke before an overflow audience in the Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing building.

Viet Dinh ’93 on government, academia and boutique law practice (video)

HLS News - Sep 26

Viet D. Dinh '93, founding partner of Bancroft and a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, spoke at Harvard Law School on Sept. 18 at an event sponsored by Harvard Law School's Program on the Legal Profession. Dinh, who served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003 and played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism, focused his remarks on “Peripatetic Reflections: Government, Academia and Boutique Law Practice."

Shay testifies on Offshore Profit Shifting and the U.S. Tax Code (video)

HLS News - Sep 19

On Sept. 20, Harvard Law School Professor Stephen Shay testified before the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The topic of the hearing was “Offshore Profit Shifting and the U.S. Tax Code."

Feldman in Bloomberg View: The view from Tunis—fire, tear gas and normalcy

HLS News - Sep 17

"The view from Tunis: Fire, tear gas, and normalcy," a piece by Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, appeared in Bloomberg View on Sept. 14. Feldman, who is the Bemis Professor of International Law at HLS, is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and the author of many books, including “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Justices” (Twelve Books 2010), and “The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State” (Princeton University Press, 2008).  

Bryonn Bain ’01 brings his dynamic style to new Harvard class

HLS News - Sep 17

Undergraduates gathered at Farkas Hall last week to audition for a workshop that taps into the power and poetry of language. Harvard’s new dramatic arts offering “Hip Hop and Spoken Word: Theater Performance Laboratory” is being taught by visiting lecturer Bryonn Bain '01, an activist, rapper, poet, and musician.

Harvard Law School to receive Ford Foundation Grant for public interest fellowships

HLS News - Sep 13

Harvard Law School today announced that the Ford Foundation has committed to fund a new initiative administered by the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, enabling 25 HLS students to work in the field of public interest law in summer 2013.

A radical fix for the republic

HLS News - Sep 12

Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at HLS and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, is the author of “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It,” an exhaustively researched and passionately argued indictment of Capitol Hill and the money-centered daily dance between lawmakers and lobbyists. As a columnist for Atlantic Magazine and in interviews on national media, he has shared his ideas on how to stop corruption in Congress. ...

Elhauge releases e-book on Obamacare

HLS News - Sep 12

Professor Einer Elhauge ‘86 has released an e-book—titled “Obamacare on Trial” —on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act case decided by the Supreme Court. Elhauge raises points that were not aired in the courtroom, including the fact that the constitutional framers themselves had approved mandates to buy health insurance.

HLS appoints four 2012-2013 Innovation Lab Experts-in-Residence

HLS News - Sep 12

Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow has appointed Michael Fertik ’05, Neil Flanzraich ’68, Anthony Scaramucci ’89 and John Williams ’79 as HLS’s Experts-in-Residence (EIRs) for the 2012-2013 academic year, in partnership with the University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab). Williams served as HLS’s inaugural EIR in 2011-2012 and has been reappointed to a second term.

David Kennedy among co-founders of new Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council

HLS News - Sep 7

David Kennedy ’80, Harvard Law School’s Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy, recently joined a team of former political leaders and diplomats from across Asia in founding the new Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC), which will work to promote peace and reconciliation in the Asian region through quiet diplomacy.

Justice of the Constitutional Court of Korea speaks at HLS

HLS News - Sep 7

Young-Joon Mok LL.M. ’89, a Justice of the Constitutional Court of Korea, spoke at Harvard Law School on “Constitutional Adjudication in the Republic of Korea,” on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at an event sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies, International Legal Studies and the Korea Institute.

HLS Library unveils new Joseph Story Exhibit and Digital Suite

HLS News - Sep 6

The Harvard Law School Library has curated a collection of original documents and images from the life, legacy and world of Joseph Story, a lawyer, beloved teacher, prolific author and Supreme Court justice. The new exhibit, “A Storied Legacy: Correspondence and Early Writings of Joseph Story,” is on view in the Caspersen Room, Harvard Law School Library, through December 7, 2012. Complementing and expanding upon the exhibit is a new Joseph Story Digital Suite.

Cohen receives faculty scholar award from Greenwall Foundation

HLS News - Sep 5

The Greenwall Foundation has chosen Harvard Law School Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen '03, a leading expert on the intersection of bioethics and the law, to receive one of three Faculty Scholar Awards in Bioethics. The award allows recipients to conduct extensive independent research to help set public policy and standards of clinical practice.  

Eight HLS faculty ranked in "High-Impact List" for corporate governance field

HLS News - Aug 30

Eight Harvard Law School faculty members were recently ranked among the top 100 corporate governance scholars in the world, in all corporate areas, including management, law, economics, and finance. Included on the American Academy of Management’s list of 100 “high-impact scholars” were HLS Professors Lucian Bebchuk, John Coates, Reiner Kraakman, Mark Roe '75, Steven Shavell and Cass Sunstein '78. Former HLS Dean and current Visiting Professor Elena Kagan '86 and HLS Lecturer on Law Leo Strine also ...

Stephen Gageler LL.M. ’87 appointed to Australia’s High Court

HLS News - Aug 30

Stephen Gageler LL.M. ’87 was appointed to a judgeship on Australia’s High Court on Aug. 21. He joins six other judges on Australia’s most powerful court.

HLS competes in WTO moot court international finals

HLS News - Aug 29

Harvard Law School tied for third place at the international finals of the World Trade Organization (WTO) moot court competition. This was HLS’s first year participating in the competition.

Sitkoff contributes to the Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act

HLS News - Aug 29

In late July, the Uniform Law Commission approved the Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act (UPMAA) at its annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Harvard Law School Professor Robert H. Sitkoff, whose primary research focus is economic and empirical analysis of the law of trusts and estates, served on the drafting committee for the Act.

Roger Fisher (1922-2012)

HLS News - Aug 27

Roger Fisher ‘48, a pioneer in the field of international law and negotiation and the co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project , died on August 25, 2012. A professor at Harvard Law School for more than four decades, Fisher established negotiation and conflict resolution as a single field deserving academic study and devoted his career to challenging students and colleagues alike to explore alternative methods of dispute resolution.